Richard Dove Williams, Jr., born February 14, 1942, better known as Richard Williams, is a former American tennis coach. He is the father of award-winning tennis players Venus Williams and Serena Williams. Richard was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
|Full Name:||Richard Dove Williams, Jr.|
|Date of Birth:||February 14, 1942|
|Place of Birth:||Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.|
|State of Origin:||Louisiana|
|Net Worth:||$10 million|
|Wife/Spouse:||Oracene Price, Lakeisha Juanita Graham & Betty Johnson|
|Daughters:||Venus & Serena Williams|
Early Life and Education
Richard Williams was the oldest of five children and the only son of Julia Mae (née Metcalf) and Richard Dove Williams of Shreveport, Louisiana.
His younger sisters are Pat, Barbara, Penny, and Faye. After graduating from high school he moved to Saginaw, Michigan and then to California.
After watching Virginia Ruzici play on television, Richard Williams decided his future daughters would become tennis players and began taking lessons from a man known as “Old Whiskey.”
Williams claimed that he put together an 85-page plan and began teaching Venus and Serena tennis at the age of four and a half, taking them to public tennis courts to practice.
Richard Williams afterwards remarked that he thought he had taken them too young and that age six would have been more appropriate.
He took his girls out of a tennis academy and started coaching them himself in 1995. After a few years, they started taking home grand slam titles.
Richard yelled “Straight Outta Compton!” after that triumph, referring to a song by the N.W.A group, who were born and raised in Compton, California, a neighborhood in Los Angeles where the family had previously lived.
Richard Williams Net Worth
American Tennis coach, Richard Williams has a net worth of $10 million. He is the father of famous teni’s players, Venus and Serena Williams.
Richard Williams has been married three times. He met Betty Johnson in California after relocating there. They got married in 1965 and have five children, Sabrina, Richard III, Ronner, Reluss, and Reneeka, who were all raised with Betty’s other daughter Katrina.
In 1973, Richard Williams and Betty Johnson got divorced due to personal reasons.
He met Oracene Price in 1979. She was already a mother of three daughters from a previous marriage.
Richard Williams later married Oracene Price and the union was blessed with Venus and Serena Williams. They live together before the couple divorced in 2002.
Richard later married Lakeisha Juanita Graham, the proprietor of a grocery store, in 2010 and they have a son. In 2017, they got divorced.
Richard Williams has a son from another relationship although he is not married to the woman.